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not very good teaching tool
on April 15, 2012
Nice book as a student, but as an instructor it seems poorly organized and doesn't really talk about pharmacology. I am a pharmacist instructing a pharmacology course at a local community college and this is the textbook they wanted me to use. This book doesn't really teach pharmacology (how drugs actually work); it discusses a little bit about what drugs are used for certain disease states/symptoms, but the drugs aren't grouped together according to their classification. It is kind of frustrating producing a lecture with Powerpoint slides when drugs that should be grouped together are found in various chapters around the book. This book is okay, but it isn't a true pharmacology book - it doesn't tell you how drugs actually work. It lists the drugs, side effects, cautions, interactions, and contraindications which is basically the same info in any drug reference book. If I followed the textbook to teach this class, lecture would be extremely boring. I enjoy teaching and bringing real-life experience to the course, but unfortunately the syllabus is based on this textbook and I find myself trying to teach the objectives (does a medical assistant student really care about the 1906 Food and Drug Act) and not teaching actual real-life pharmacology. Some of the info is inaccurate (pharmacists themselves do not need a DEA #, but this book teaches that they do). The semester is almost over and hopefully I will be able to talk to the dean to arrange for an actual pharmacology textbook.